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MYSURU, India (ChurchMilitant.com) — An Indian bishop under investigation by the Vatican has gifted his fifth mistress a Maruti Suzuki Celerio — the most expensive sedan in its class.

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Photos of William’s lovers and estates in a letter to the Pope

Vehicle registration documents obtained by Church Militant show that the Bishop of Mysore, Kannikadass William Antony, transferred the car, valued between Rs 582,000 and 781,000, to a divorcee named Mrs Sunita H.

The document issued by the Transport Department of the Karnataka State Government confirms the July 27 letter written by prominent Indian secular leader Allan de Noronha (alias Chhotebhai) to the Indian Apostolic Nuncio, the Abbot. Leopoldo Girelli, accusing Bp. William of offering his “brand new Celerio car with registration number KA 55 M 8443 to Sunita”.

“Why this generosity? misunderstandingasks Noronha, head of the Indian Catholic Forum, noting that the Bishop’s mistress was previously married to a “daily wager” (otherwise identified as Anthony Raj). “His fortunes have improved dramatically” after “going into contact with William,” he adds.

Noronha’s letter gives Sunita’s address as “33 MUDA Employee Layout, Dattagalli 3rd Stage, K Block, Mysore” – the same address on the vehicle transfer document. The lay leader notes that the Bishop’s mistress, who once lived in a ‘hutment’, now lives in the ‘chic two-storey corner house’ even though ‘she apparently has no income’.

DNA test cover

William’s illegitimate son was born after Anthony Raj and Sunita filed for divorce admitting there was no “biological relationship” between them for the previous two-and-a-half years, says Noronha.

“The needle of suspicion therefore points to William, whom the husband had then accused of having destroyed his marriage”, underlines the lay leader, pleading for a DNA paternity test to be carried out.

I met and spoke to the person who openly claims to be William’s mistress.

Church Militant earlier released the recording of a leaked phone call between the Cardinal-Archbishop of Bombay, Oswald Gracias, and Bp. William, in which the Cardinal urges the Bishop of Mysore to take a DNA paternity test while giving him full control over the results.

William has also been charged with the murder of four priests who opposed him – and with rape, sodomy, kidnapping and embezzlement.

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Registration document transferring the car from William to Sunita

The prelate’s lovers

The bishop was known to have had five mistresses over the years, some even before he was elevated to this episcopate. William had also fathered four children by his lovers, according to a confidential letter to Pope Francis signed by 37 diocesan priests.

Church Militant has obtained a copy of the letter and can reveal the names of the other four women: Ratnamma from Sathagalli, Mysore; Savariammal of Jageri, Kollegal; an unnamed Anglo-Indian lady from Hinkal, Mysore; and Lilly Mary.

The percentage of practicing Catholics has dropped by 72% in the Diocese of Mysore and by 49% in the Archdiocese of Bombay.

William’s Anglo-Indian lover moved overseas after conceiving his child. It is not known if the child was carried to term.

The names of three children have also been obtained but are withheld due to their status as minors. The face of William’s son with Sunita H. in the photo above has been pixelated to protect the boy’s identity.

Excerpts from the leaked phone call obtained and published by Church Militant

The Bishop committed adultery with Sunita while she was working as a staff member of People Development Organization in Mysore. Ratnamma is a “maid” of Hindu origin who was baptized by the bishop. William also fathered a son through her, the letter reveals.

The letter to Pope Francis also contains 18 annexes with photos of the mistresses and children, as well as photographs of properties built with money illegally taken from diocesan funds.

Priests and laity in the Diocese of Mysore are demanding that DNA tests be carried out on all illegitimate children allegedly fathered by the Bishop.

Church Militant has also obtained evidence that shows William wired money to Lilly Mary, who was named as another Bishop’s lover. The Prelate transferred three sums by check to Mrs. Mary from 2016 to 2021, totaling Rs. 150,000.

Independent investigation of the judge

A second letter from veteran High Court Judge Michael F. Saldanha to Apostolic Nuncio Girelli, dated July 8, details the relationship between the bishop and his lover.

“I have met and spoken to the person who openly claims to be William’s mistress and the mother of his son,” Judge Saldanha wrote. “The lady concerned does not dispute anything and proudly proclaims that William is her ‘yajamanaru’ or ‘husband’.”

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Judge Michael F. Saldanha receiving Holy Communion

“I met the boy [William’s illegitimate son] concerned, as well as her husband, who left the matrimonial home after William began to frequent the place,” writes Saldanha, noting that the bishop is having his son educated “in one of the most expensive public schools.”

The retired judge from the high courts of Bombay and Karnataka, a practicing Catholic, said he “personally went to Mysuru 19 times” to carry out an “on-site verification of the evidence”.

“Every iota of the material was not only examined but dissected by me, checked and double-checked, and the findings were communicated in writing not only to William but to all other Church authorities involved,” Saldanha points out.

Hierarchy served Legal notice

Meanwhile, Judge Saldanha sent a “formal notice” to the Apostolic Nuncio on Thursday, asking him to lead the Cdl. Gracias and Bp. William to “resign and leave office immediately before the Catholic Church in India is utterly destroyed”.

“The percentage of practicing Catholics has dropped by 72% in the Diocese of Mysore and by 49% in the Archdiocese of Bombay,” Saldanha wrote. “These are serious numbers because the only reason for what is happening is because of the complete lack of trust in the hierarchy.”

It is an open secret that taking care of the media is one of the well-known tools used by the Church.

The judge points to a ‘clear reference’ in the leaked phone recording released by Church Militant where the Cardinal assures William that ‘the media will be taken care of’.

“It is an open secret because not only is the media heavily influenced due to the immense financial power of the Church, but there is very strong negative publicity being given to the media by these same people,” says remark Saldanha.

“It is an open secret that dealing with the press or the media is one of the well-known tools used by the Church with great success, and this also extends to other areas where the immunity is bought from the police, the tax authorities and above all the Directorate of Execution”, he adds.

Church Militant contacted Msgr. William and asked if any diocesan or charitable funds were used to purchase the car and why a special favor was given to Sunita H. There was no response at press time.

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